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Images of particles made from a promising battery cathode material called NMC

Consuming Renewable Power: Information and Reliability as a Resource

TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy

Ram Rajagopal, civil and environmental engineering

This study aims to better manage the inherent variability of solar power. Unexpected cloud cover frequently cuts solar supplies. To keep an electric system reliable, large-scale renewable energy generation requires reserve generating capacity with high financial and environmental costs. A better approach may be to match up solar power to large consumers who are willing to ramp usage up or down in sync with somewhat random supplies in exchange for lower electricity rates.